Temples - Articles

August 31, 1999
Place: Jaffna

Source: TamilNet
Protest over acquisition of historic Tamil temples
The All Ceylon Hindu Congress faxed an urgent letter to the Sri Lankan President today drawing her attention to a gazette notification by the government to acquire the Keerimalai Naguleswarar temple and the Maviddapuram Kandaswamy temple for the expansion of the Palaly army base in Jaffna and urging her to suspend any action in this regard. [ Full Story ]
June 10, 1998
Place: Vanni

Source: TamilCanadian
Sinhala Armed Forces Bomb Hindu Temple At Suthanthirapuram (Vanni)
The Sri Sithivinayakar Hindu temple for lord Ganesha situated at Suthanthirapuram junction has been damaged by the Sinhala armed forces during their June 10 bombing and shelling of the Suthanthirapuram Tamil refugee settlement. 26 Tamil civilians including women and children lost their lives. More than 50 civilians were injured. The damages to the temple are assessed at Rs. 50,000. The house of the head priest was also hit. The priest, Ramachandra Iyer Ramalinga Sarma, and his wife were injured in the attack. The damages to his house is estimated at Rs. 30,000. The Sinhalese armed forces have destroyed or severely damaged more than 1800 Hindu temples in Tamil Eelam over the past few years. [ Full Story ]
March 31, 1998
Place: Sri Lanka

Source: NewsNewsNews
Some 1560 Hindu temples destroyed
About 1560 Hindu temples have been damaged and rendered useless while 240 Hindu temples have been totally destroyed due to ongoing war in the North and east. According to the memorandum forwarded to the director general of the UNESCO by the Hindu Religious Priest Organisation of the North East Province. [ Full Story ]
March 4, 1998
Place: Murasumoddai

Source: TamilNet
Kfir jet bombed Church
The Satha Sagaya Maatha Church at Murasumoddai, 5 km west of Paranthan on the Paranthan - Mullaitivu road, was badly damaged when Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets bombed it yesterday January 3. A part of the building was destroyed when it took a direct hit from the SLAF. [ Full Story ]
March 3, 1998
Place: Murasumoddai

Source: TamilNet
Sri Lankan forces blast Catholic Church
Sri Lankan Kfir bombers Tuesday 03/03/98 blasted the holy Sathasahaya Matha Catholic Church at Murasumoddai. One section of the church was severely damaged while other parts also suffered damage. The church is no longer usable. Sinhalese armed forces have bombed and destroyed over 1600 Tamil churches and Hindu temples since 1983. [ Full Story ]
January 27, 1998
Place: Colombo

Source: All Ceylon Hindu Congress
Hindu temples attacked
The All Ceylon Hindu Congress in a statement issued in Colombo on 27 January 1998 said "It is with immense pain of mind that we have come to know that 24 divine statues if Kandy Sri Selva Vinayagar Kovil have been damaged by hooligans on Sunday January 25, and the divine chariot of Kurunduvatte Sri Muthumariamman Kovil was also burnt on the same day". [ Full Story ]
August 15, 1997
Place: Vavunikulam

Source: TamilNet
9 Tamil Civilians Killed in VavunikulamChurch Bombings
Two Sri Lankan Kfir bombers today at 9 AM bombed a Catholic Church in Vavunikulam (Vanni) killing 9 innocent Tamil civilians and critically wounding 15 more. The victims were among several hundred displaced Tamil refugees taking shelter in the church after being made homeless from government«s 3 month long military operation Jeya Sikuru. Six of the dead have so far been identified but the remaining three bodies« reduced to bones and flesh« were too badly disfigured to recognise. The attack was similar to one carried out by Sri Lankan forces in 1995 when war planes deliberately killed scores of Tamils who the military asked to gather in Navaly church for safety. [ Full Story ]
August 15, 1997
Place: Vavunikulam

Source: TamilCanadian
Sri Lankan War Planes Bomb Church, Killing 9
Two Sri Lankan Kfir bombers today at 9 AM bombed a Catholic Church in Vavunikulam (Vanni) killing 9 innocent Tamil civilians and critically wounding 15 more. The victims were among several hundred displaced Tamil refugees taking shelter in the church after being made homeless from government«s 3 month long military operation Jeya Sikuru. Six of the dead have so far been identified but the remaining three bodies« reduced to bones and flesh« were too badly disfigured to recognise. The attack was similar to one carried out by Sri Lankan forces in 1995 when war planes deliberately killed scores of Tamils who the military asked to gather in Navaly church for safety. [ Full Story ]
June 25, 1997
Place: Mankindimalai

Source: TamilNet
A hindu temple damages - 6 children injured
Six Tamil children - the youngest 12 years - are seriously injured after army shelling of a Hindu temple on Monday. The artillery attack came at 8.15 in the evening while the children were engaged in devotions. Sri Lanka's assault was launched from its military camps at Mankindimalai and targeted at Kumulamunai Kottukinattady Nagathambiran temple. The temple itself was badly damaged. The children injured are: Koinath (male, 12); S. Piratheepan (male, 16); Pirahalathan (male, 14); Sasikumar (male, 16); Vijitha (female, 16); Menaka (female, 18). [ Full Story ]
January 12, 1997
Place: Kandavalai, Vanni

Source: News from Tamil Eelam
SLA warplanes bombed Tamil village, destroying a hindu temple
Sri Lankan warplanes have bombed Tamil residential areas within 24 hours of Sri Lanka's defeat at Paranthan and Elephant Pass. Several bombing raids were conducted on Kandawalai at 7am Friday morning. The revered Ganesh hindu temple in 2nd Mile Post was totally flattened in the heavy retaliation, together with all surrounding houses and shops. Sri Lanka is well-known for avenging its own military losses by carrying out indiscriminate raids on Tamil residential towns and civilians. [ Full Story ]
January 10, 1997
Place: Kandawalai, Vanni

Source: Local Media
A hindu temple destroyed
SLAF dawn raids destroys a Hindu temple at Kandawalai. [ Full Story ]
July 9, 1995
Place: Navaly

Source: Collection
St.Peters Church in Navaly bombed with refugees inside
Having dropped leaflets asking the people to move to places of worship the Sri Lanka air force there after attacked the places of worship where Tamil civilians had sought refuge. On the day after the attack, 56 bodies were retrieved from the debris, many of whom were women and children. The death toll in this incident later increased to 120. 13 babies died in their mother's arms. Rescue workers reported torn limbs and pieces of human flesh strewn over the area. [ Full Story ]
April 30, 1995
Place: Thondamanaru

Source: Refugee Council
Seven People killed, Thondamanaru Selvachannathy temple
On 30 April, 1995, shells killed seven civilians and badly damaged the Thondamanaru Selvachannathy temple. Over 15,000 people have fled Thondamanaru and Atchuveli and have sought refuge in Chavakachcheri. Jaffna people have resumed building bunkers...
British Refugee Council Publication, Sri Lanka Monitor, May 1995 [ Full Story ]
December 30, 1993
Place: Chavakachcheri

Source: Network
CSI church in Chavakachcheri attacked
At about 5 p.m. on Thursday 30 December 1993, Sri Lanka Air Force planes attacked CSI church in the centre of Chavakachcheri town. Mrs.Pamela Indranee Lawrence, wife of the Vicar of the Church, was killed in the attack. Her husband who had gone to Varany at the time of the rocket attack escaped. The Church building and the Vicarage were badly damaged. (Network, published by the International Federation of Tamils, January 1994) [ Full Story ]
November 14, 1993
Place: Varany

Source:
Vairavar Temple at Varany bombed!
On the evening of 14 November, the Sri Lanka airforce attacked the Vairavar Temple at Varany. The temple was completely destroyed. Seven persons were injured. A number of houses were also damaged. [ Full Story ]
November 14, 1993
Place: Varany

Source: Network,
Vairavar Temple at Varany attacked
On the evening of 14 November, the Sri Lanka airforce attacked the Vairavar Temple at Varany. The temple was completely destroyed. Seven persons were injured. A number of houses were also damaged."
Source: Network, published by the International Federation of Tamils, January 1994 [ Full Story ]
November 13, 1993
Place: Gurunagar

Source:
St.James Church at Gurunagar attacked!
On 13 November , Sri Lankan supersonic bombers attacked St.James Church at Gurunagar at about 7.30 a.m. St.James is one of the largest and oldest Roman Catholic churches in Jaffna. The church was completely destroyed. A nursery school nearby, two shops and ten houses in the neighbourhood were also destroyed. Ten persons were killed and over 30 injured. Of the dead three belonged to the same family. The bodies of the dead were torn and charred. The blown up parts of all the bodies were collected and buried together. [ Full Story ]
November 13, 1993
Place: Kokuvil

Source:
Nanthavil Amman Temple bombed!
On the evening of Nov 13, 1993, the Sri Lankan supersonic bombers targeted the Nanthavil Amman Temple at Kokuvil but the bombs fell on a land on the rear side of the temple. Damage to the temple was averted but six houses in the neighbourhood were damaged - one of which was completely destroyed. 8 persons were injured. [ Full Story ]
November 13, 1993
Place: -

Source:
CSI church in Chavakachcheri town bombed!
At about 5 p.m. on Thursday 30 December 1993, Sri Lanka Air Force planes attacked CSI church in the centre of Chavakachcheri town. Mrs.Pamela Indranee Lawrence, wife of the Vicar of the Church, was killed in the attack. Her husband who had gone to Varany at the time of the rocket attack escaped. The Church building and the Vicarage were badly damaged. [ Full Story ]
Sept. 28, 1993
Place: Sangathanai

Source: Tamil Nation- November 1993; p3.
Sangathanai village bombed: 24 killed
The Sri Lankan Air force attacked Sangathanai village on 28 September 1993. Twenty Tamil civilians were killed when their air raid shelter collapsed in the explosions, burying them. 4 others (all aged over 50) were killed when the Nandavil Kovil was bombed. Seventeen children at a play school adjoining the temple were injured. The SLAF was bombing the area ahead of Sri Lankan army operation advancing west, 14 kms away. [ Full Story ]
May 18, 1992
Place: Mullaitivu

Source: Tamil Nation
Vattrapalai Amman Temple shelled: 15 people killed!
The historical Vattrapalai Amman Kovil(temple) was shelled by the Sri Lankan army on 18 May 1992, whilst the coastal temple was packed with pilgrims for the annual Pongal festival. [ Full Story ]